Sunday, May 10, 2015

Don James McLaughlin

Don James McLaughlin is the recipient of the Marguerite Bartlett Hamer Dissertation Fellowship, awarded by the University of Pennsylvania's McNeil Center for Early American Studies. The award is a yearlong fellowship for the 2015/16 academic year.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Ted Howell Quoted in New York Times

Ted Howell, a recent alumnus of the program and a PhD student at Temple University, is getting attention for breaking ground with an innovative new course at Temple. “Cli-fi: Science Fiction, Climate Change, and Apocalypse" focuses on the new genre of "Climate Fiction," which shows the possible apolcalyptic outcomes that are inevitable if climate change continues as predicted. This course is getting media attention for the way it brings together literature and cutting-edge scientific findings. The course focuses on this new movement in literature (exemplified in such works as The Wind-Up Girl), which harnesses the concerns of a culture that feels the threat of apocalyptic climate change. In addition to getting students thinking about the intersection between climate science and fiction, he also encourages his students to participate in the wider climate change conversation by posting all their work to a blog. He was recently featured in a Reuters article, a New York Times feature, as well as of course a write-up in Temple's English Department Blog.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Rebecca Hepp ('13) Transitions to Senior Associate Editor Position

Rebecca Hepp, a 2013 graduate of the Graduate English Program, is now a senior associate/web editor for Jobson Healthcare Information's Review of Optometry magazine, a national, monthly magazine based out of Newtown Square. "So far I am really happy with the move!" Rebecca says. "It's mostly print now, but they brought me on board to help revamp the website and give it some much needed TLC."

Laura Heinrich Now Teaching at Arizona Charter School



Villanova Grad English alum Laura Heinrich ('10) just got a new job. According to a recent update, she is now working at a charter school in Phoenix, Arizona, with the "Great Hearts" charter school system. The rest of her update is below:

I am finally doing work I love, in Phoenix (where it is gorgeous right now and will be HOT in a matter of weeks). I'm teaching poetry, history and literature for middle and high school at a charter [school called "Great Hearts."] It is a very Liberal Arts heavy education, and I think a lot of people who are struggling to find a niche in the academic world might end up as happy as I am in this one.

Check out our "Jobs" page for more information about working at a Great Hearts school.


Friday, November 21, 2014

Ted Howell

Ted Howell (English MA '10, now a PhD candidate at Temple University) presented a well-attended paper on "Howards End and the Anthropocene" at the Modernist Studies Association annual Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Don James McLaughlin

On Tuesday, September 20 The University of Pennsylvania English Department selected Don James McLaughlin (Villanova Grad English Class of 2009) as the winner of its annual William Patrick Day essay contest. This was a contest in which any grad student can submit a piece of writing completed in the last year. Two professors then judge the submissions anonymously. McLaughlin's piece is part of his dissertation--tentatively titled "Color-Phobia: Rabies, Race Prejudice, and the Mad Cry of Analogy in U.S. Antislavery Print Culture."

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Lydia Browning Welcomes New Baby

Congratulations to class of 2014 Graduate English alum Lydia Browning and her husband, Zachary, who just welcomed their baby girl. Her name is suitably literary: Josephine May Browning.